Podcast: A New Short Story

The Art of Border Living Podcasts

The short story podcasts inspired by the border in Ireland and the WW1 centenary are now available to listen to online. They feature new writing by me, Garrett Carr, Claire Louise Bennett, Nuala O’ Connor and Women’s Fiction Prize-winner Kamila Shamsie.

The stories were commissioned by Verbal Arts and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. 

You can listen to the stories here.

The Art of Border Living Short Story Event

The Art of Border Living Short Story

A unique listen-in-the-dark experience launching short story podcasts inspired by the border in Ireland, which feature new writing by Kamila Shamsie, Claire Louise Bennett, Nuala O’ Connor, Paul McVeigh and Garrett Carr, commissioned by Verbal and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. 

The evening will also feature a new creative audio documentary about the impact of WW1 on what would soon become the borderlands of Ireland, produced by the award-winning broadcaster Peter Curran.

Actor Eleanor Methven will read a selection of acclaimed Irish poetry on these themes throughout the evening, before a Q&A with some of the artists and writers including Garrett Carr, Nuala O’Connor and Paul McVeigh. 

  • Wednesday 14 November, 7.00pm
  • Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1
  • Tickets: Free – please RSVP to media@poetryireland.ie if you’d like to attend.


Fundraising Event in Kinvara

A wonderful event last night to raise funds for the old courthouse in Kinvara. Thanks to the generosity of writers Sarah Clancy, Lisa Quackinerney and N Ní Chonchúir who gave their time and talent to the help the local community here. You are amazing. And so I say good-bye to Kinvara and head home to Brighton. Thank you to Kinvara for having me and Liadain O’Donovan whose generosity I accepted in coming to Kinvara to get space to write. I’m so lucky to have a life where the currency is kindness and generosity. I think it’s going to be a good year.


Nuala O’Connor, Sarah Clancy, Lisa McInerney and me.

Reading in Kinvara, Co Galway, Jan 16

I’m reading at a fundraising event in Kinvara, Co Galway, alongside some amazing writers. Hope to see some of your there. I’ll also be running  a class that day in Kinvara – check under my classes section 🙂

The line up…
SARAH CLANCY – The Truth & Other Stories (Poetry) shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Award.
LISA McINERNEY – The Glorious Heresies shortlisted for Best Newcomer at the Irish Book Awards
PAUL McVEIGH  – The Good Son shortlisted for the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize
NUALA O’CONNOR – Miss Emily shortlisted for Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.
7.30 P.M. TO 9.30 P.M.
ADMISSION 10 EURO  (Complimentary glass of wine and tea/coffee)
All proceeds donated to KAVA

Wonderful Found Review of The Good Son. Thanks Nuala.

There I was minding my own business when author Nuala O’Connor (her new novel Miss Emily getting wonderful reviews here and in the US) dropped a note to say that she’d seen a wonderful review of The Good Son in Books Ireland. She took some pics of it and emailed it to me. It is a rather fantastic review and made me very happy. Nuala mentioned she has missed reviews in the past and this was the second time that week I’d been sent a review I’d missed (the other being Novel of the Week in The Tablet).

Here’s a quote from this stunning review and you can read the whole thing on these pics from Nuala.

‘The Good Son’ is a hard-hitting, at times harrowing, but ultimately captivating and transformative tale – a story that will leave an indelible imprint on its reader.’ Books Ireland


What a fantatsic review.

What a fantatsic review.

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